For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Fandango has asked director Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians, In the Heights) to share his list of influential films from Asian-American auteurs, with personal essays on why each is meaningful to him.
“I met Lulu Wang at the ‘SNL’ after party when Awkwafina hosted the show. I didn’t know anybody other than Awkwafina and she was busy talking to Lorne [Michaels] but guess who came up to me? Yup, the brilliant and incredibly warm Lulu Wang…Like Lulu making me feel at home at that party that night, this movie will make you feel seen,” Chu said of Lulu Wang’s The Farewell.
“I’ll never forget my father gathering my mother, me and my four siblings into a mini van on a Sunday morning and heading to the small movie theater playing this film…by the end of the film, we were in awe of how much it reflected our family,” he said of Wayne Wang’s The Joy Luck Club.
His full responses are here on Fandango.
The YouTube channel Fandango Movieclips is debuting a playlist featuring some of the best scenes from Chu’s selection of titles. FandangoNow, the transactional VOD service from Fandango, is also honoring Chu’s choices, with the films available to watch at home here.
The full list of Chu’s influential movies from Asian-American filmmakers include:
Better Luck Tomorrow (Justin Lin)
Short Term 12 (Destin Daniel Cretton)
The Joy Luck Club (Wayne Wang)
Saving Face (Alice Wu)
Life of Pi (Ang Lee)
The Farewell (Lulu Wang)
Meru (Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi)
The Sixth Sense (M. Night Shyamalan)
Searching (Aneesh Chaganty)
Tigertail (Alan Yang) — available on Netflix
Gook (Justin Chon)